Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie, 1580–1830

From Sidney to Blackwood's

Editors: Bowers, William, Crummé, Hannah (Eds.)

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  • With an Afterword by Helen Hackett
  • Features contributions from well-established scholars in addition to early career researchers
  • Spans four centuries
  • Examines coteries involving literary figures such as Sidney, Pope, Swift and Byron
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This book is about the literary and friendship networks that were active in Britain for a 250 year period. Patterns in the nature of literary social circles emerge: they may centre upon a location, like Christ Church, or a person, like Aaron Hill; they may suffer stress when private relationships become public knowledge, as Caroline Lamb’s Glenarvon shows; and they may model themselves on a preceding age, as the relationship between the Sidney circle and Lady Mary Wroth exemplifies. Despite these similarities, no two coteries are the same. The circles this volume examines even differ in their acceptance of their own status as a coterie: someone like Constance Fowler was certainly part of a strict familial coterie; the Scriberlians were a more informal set who were also members of other groups; and although Byron’s years of fame are regularly associated with Holland House, he often denied being of their party.
With an Afterword by Helen Hackett

About the authors

Will Bowers is Junior Research Fellow in English at the University of Oxford, UK. His research interests include Romantic poetry; the idea of a cosmopolitan London; the trial of Queen Caroline; and English perceptions of Italy and Italians. He has published on these topics in international journals and is an assistant editor on the 'Longman Annotated English Poets' edition of The Poems of Shelley.
Hannah Leah Crummé is Head of Special Collections at Watzek Library, Lewis and Clark College, USA. Her research focuses on the political impact of the Sidney-Herbert-Dudley network. She has published broadly across her field and curated the exhibition ‘By me William Shakespeare’, which recently opened in Somerset House, London, UK.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-13

    Bowers, Will (et al.)

  • Literary Coteries of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and William Herbert, Third Earl of Pembroke

    Pages 15-34

    Lamb, Mary Ellen

  • Maecenas and ‘Oxford-Witts’: Pedagogy and Flattery in Seventeenth-Century Oxford

    Pages 35-51

    Burlinson, Christopher

  • The Circulation of Verse at the Inns of Court and in London in Early Stuart England

    Pages 53-73

    Marotti, Arthur F.

  • ‘If I Had Known Him, I Would Have Loved Him’: Bloomsbury Appropriations of the Scriblerian Coterie

    Pages 75-92

    Williams, Abigail (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie, 1580–1830
Book Subtitle
From Sidney to Blackwood's
Editors
  • William Bowers
  • Hannah Crummé
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54553-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54553-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54552-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 241
Number of Illustrations
5 illustrations in colour
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